Yesterday, we posted an article linking to a tweet that showed a photo of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill blessing Russian computers against the ransomware virus “WannaCry.” The article was based off a widely proliferated story on Twitter.

Later we discovered that the original photo is from 2013, when Patriarch Kirill blessed the new building of the Russian Interior Ministry.

Here is the original source for the photo: http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/3338411.html

In this age of ‘fake news’ it is imperative that we remain diligent in checking our sources and reporting the truth.

We regret the error in posting this story, and are issuing this retraction in the interest of full transparency to our readers.